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Henri du Mont (1610-1684): O Mysterium - Motets & Elévations pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV / Ensemble Correspondance, Sébastien Daucé

Album Summary

>Mont, Henry du : Memorare, grand motet for double choir, strings & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : Jesu dulcedo cordium, petit motet for 3 voices & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : Desidero te, motet for soprano, alto, bass countertenor & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : O Aeterna Misericors Deus
>Mont, Henry du : Sub umbra, petit motet for bass, 2 violins & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : O mysterium, for voice, 2 violins, 2 violas, bass violone & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : Allemanda gravis, for organ (or 3 viols, bass viol & continuo) in C major (from "Cantica Sacra")
>Mont, Henry du : Ave Regina caelorum, petit motet for 2 voices, violin ad lib. & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : O dulcissima, for voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, basse de violon & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : Quam Pulchra Es
>Mont, Henry du : O praecelsum, motet for soprano (or countertenor), alto (or tenor), bass & continuo
>Mont, Henry du : Super Flumina Babylonis, grand motet for double choir, strings & continuo
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Notes & Reviews:

Cultivated at the height of the French baroque, Henry Du Mont's Grands Motets were written for the court of Louis XIV and published posthumously in 1684. Alongside Lully, Du Mont is credited as the creator of the form - an opulent style of church composition for soloists and choir. On O Mysterium, Sbastien Dauc leads the Ensemble Correspondances in a program of Du Mont 's Motets & Elvations pour la Chapelle de Louis XIV.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
This admirable recording consists of five grands motets and six TlTvations or petits motets... STbastien DaucT's direction is lively and sensitive, and the recorded sound is exemplary.

Sunday Times, 5th June 2016
The works here combine devoutness with an indulgent richness, surely what the job demanded. The harmonies are always expressive, and there are some magical things, not least the build-up of texture in O Mysterium itself. Under STbastien DaucT's direction, these performances are deliciously opulent.

The Observer, 5th June 2016
These motets by the longtime servant of the court, Henry Du Mont, explore a rather limited expressive range with great skill. Their survival is fragmentary and conductor STbastien DaucT has skilfully rewritten some of the inner parts: his singers include a wonderfully flexible but precise bass and a well-blended ensemble; the fascinating texts include Pierre Perrin's intense hymn to the Trinity, O Mysterium.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Grenoble, MC2 (09/2015).



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>Mont, Henry du : Memorare, grand motet for double choir, strings & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1686

>Mont, Henry du : Jesu dulcedo cordium, petit motet for 3 voices & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Mont, Henry du : Desidero te, motet for soprano, alto, bass countertenor & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Mont, Henry du : O Aeterna Misericors Deus
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 8 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mont, Henry du : Sub umbra, petit motet for bass, 2 violins & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Mont, Henry du : O mysterium, for voice, 2 violins, 2 violas, bass violone & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686

>Mont, Henry du : Allemanda gravis, for organ (or 3 viols, bass viol & continuo) in C major (from "Cantica Sacra")
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1652

>Mont, Henry du : Ave Regina caelorum, petit motet for 2 voices, violin ad lib. & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Mont, Henry du : O dulcissima, for voices, 2 violins, 2 violas, basse de violon & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686

>Mont, Henry du : Quam Pulchra Es
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Mont, Henry du : O praecelsum, motet for soprano (or countertenor), alto (or tenor), bass & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1681

>Mont, Henry du : Super Flumina Babylonis, grand motet for double choir, strings & continuo
  • Performer: Sébastien Daucé (Organ)
  • Conductor: Sébastien Daucé
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Correspondances
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1686